The St. Joseph's Hawks gained some ground in the Atlantic 10 Conference standings with a victory over the La Salle Explorers today. The win improves the Hawks' record to 15-9 overall and 5-4 in the conference. The loss drops La Salle to 17-7 and 6-3 in conference play. The Hawks are seventh in the conference, but only trail La Salle, along with Xavier and Temple by one game for the top spot.
The Hawks had a balanced scoring attack with six players scoring at least nine points, led by Halil Kanacevic's 18. The Explorers had three players in double figures, led by Earl Pettis, who scored 17 on 18 shots.
The Hawks next game is scheduled for February 8 against the St. Louis Billkens. The Explorers next is also scheduled for the eight, on the road against the Richmond Spiders.